We just spent 3 days on the Disney Dream with our daughter (4 years old) and other family members. It was a good experience but next time we will wait until our daughter is at least 8 years old before we go again.
We stayed in 2 rooms on deck 10 forward which was nice and quiet. The room with balcony was smaller than what we've experienced on other ships. It was our first Disney cruise and definitely was great for our daughter but a bit loud for us. The guest service was okay but not stellar. It seemed like the staff reacted to our needs instead of anticipating our needs. For example - we had two birthdays to celebrate and nothing extra special was dine in the stateroom to recognize the two birthdays until I asked. For the amount paid and knowing it was stated on our reservation, I would have thought something would have been done without asking.
The Dream was a beautiful ship however due to all the amenities and short amount of time it seemed like the activities were created to force you to go to certain items versus giving variety. For example, Friday night is Pirate night and the villain show in the main theater. Between 8:30pm-9:45pm there is no other entertainment available (like a musicians performing)for families unless you go to the show (about Disney Villains). Unfortunately our child was afraid of villains so we did not go to that show and we were trying find something for her to do to keep her awake for the fireworks (which occur at 10:30pm). The pirate and firework show was great but being at 10:30pm was late for our 4 year old.
For a 1200+ room ship the two kid pools was very small. Many times my child would get bumped or elbowed because the pool was crowded even when the ship was in port.
Though they have offerings for childrens programs (Oceaneer Lab and Club) the counselors did not try to engage my daughter so she would not interact in activities. Part of it was because she was 4 years old however if she could interact with someone I know she would have been more interested involved.
Food was outstanding however the service was slow. Character experiences was fantastic and definitely was a highlight of the trip.
Value for price is okay but not great. Would I do it again yes for the right price.